Latin 305: Introduction to Latin Literature
MTWF 11:30-12:20, Denny 258
Instructor: Prof. A.M. Gowing
Prerequisites: Please note that this is a *Latin* class (readings are in Latin). It is assumed that students in this class will have completed either of the two beginning Latin series (Latin 101-102-103 or Latin 300-301) OR their equivalent. If you are in doubt, please ask me.
The full syllabus for this class will be available before the start of the Autumn Quarter, but here is an overview of the course:
Course description: This class entails a detailed reading of most of Book 6 of Julius Caesar’s De Bello Gallico, an account of his activities in Gaul in 53 BC (including his well-known discussion of the Druids); and of selections from the poet Catullus, Caesar’s coeval, as well as a few poems by the Augustan poet Horace. The reading, in short, focuses on texts written during the late Republic and the very early Empire. While the bulk of class time will be devoted to translating the texts, attention will be given as well to matters of style and interpretation. There will also be a weekly exercise in prose composition designed to review both fundamental points of grammar, in particular the uses of the cases, and vocabulary drawn from the week's reading. The chief aim of the class is to improve your ability to read and appreciate basic Latin prose and poetry.
Required Texts: E.C. Kennedy, ed. Caesar. De Bello Gallico VI. Bristol Classical Press 1969.
A.C. Aronson and R. Boughner, edd. Catullus and Horace: Selections from Their Lyric Poetry (Longman 1988)
A. Mahoney, Allen and Greenough, New Latin Grammar (Focus 2001)
Requirements: 1) general daily preparedness and participation (15%)
2) timely and satisfactory completion of weekly prose compositions (20%)
3) 3 quizzes (20%, 20% and 25% respectively)